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Breaking the code with Bletchley Park

Could your students be code-breakers? This lesson plan by Sian Hughes explores nursery rhymes, nonsense verse and codes through the lens of Bletchley Park and the work that went on there.

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Read winning poems inspired by Bletchley Park written by young people here!

Illustrations by Alex Leigh Whitworth, courtesy of Bletchley Park Trust.

‘A poem is…’ with Disney Junior

Together with Disney Junior, the Poetry Society commissioned poet Coral Rumble to write a guide to help parents and carers enjoy poetry with under 7’s to accompany the Disney animated ‘A Poem is…’ series. ‘A Poem is…’ launched in summer 2012 and showcases poetry set to iconic moments from some of Disney’s classic animation films such as Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Pinocchio. Celebrities Matt Smith, David Walliams, Richard Briers CBE, Jessica Hynes and Michelle Dockery are among the all star cast who have teamed up to narrate the series.

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Celebrations: a Foyle Young Poets resource

This lesson plan by Teacher Trailblazer Fran Pridham looks at Lucy Thynne's  ‘the parents anniversary', a winning poem in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017.

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Nature and wellbeing in poetry

This resource provides the basis for an understanding of nature and wellbeing in poetry, and encourages pupils to use their senses to interpret the world around them. At a glance: nature poetry, sensory imagery, personification, metaphor, haiku. 

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Writing a Christmas Tree Poem

Liz Lochhead inspires pupils to write a Christmas Tree poem, hanging the tree with real or imagined decorations which engage the senses. At a glance: friends and family, the senses, syllables.

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For added inspiration, read Liz's poem 'How I'll Decorate My Tree', commissioned as part of The Poetry Society's annual Look North More Often programme

Rhythm and Pace in War Poetry

Using poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Wilfred Owen, Roshan Doug aims to familiarise students with the concepts of structure and movement in a poem. At a glance: rhythm, iamibic pentameter, war poetry, structure, syllables.

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Travelling with Edward Lear

This resource uses the poetry of Edward Lear to explore themes such as word comprehension, nonsense poems, rhythm and rhyme in poetry, as well as geography, travel and displacement. At a glance: Rhythm, rhyme, imagery, language play, comprehension, geography.

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Foyle Lesson Plan: Poetry as call to arms

Ashley Smith uses a feminist themed poem by Phoebe Stuckes to teach repetition, rhetoric, and 'call to arms' poems.  At a glance: feminism, imperative mood, repetition for effect, emotive language, literary tradition.

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Poetry Train

David Harmer and Roger Stevens use a collection of activities, poems, and advice for teaching poetry in primary schools.  The two share proven approaches based on poems by Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, David Harmer, and Roger Stevens.

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Rhyme Time

Roger Stevens uses his own poem and one by Jan Dean to explain how to avoid 'Clunky Last Line Syndrome' when writing rhyming verses.  At a glance: alliteration, assonance, consonance, rhyme.

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